HCC to present Evening of the Arts

April 19, 2011|Darylene Mowen | Around Smithsburg & Robinwood

 Hagerstown Community College will host "An Evening of the Arts" Thursday, April 28, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the Student Center.

The event will feature artwork and poetry by HCC students and will coincide with the opening reception for the annual Spring Student Art Exhibit.

The opening reception for the exhibit will feature a variety of different media, including jewelry, sculpture, photography, painting, drawing and graphic design work.

Artwork will be on display throughout the evening via video screen as this year's exhibit is virtual and will be available through the HCC Web site,, after April 27.

 "An Evening of the Arts" will also feature a poetry slam contest.

The contest is open to students, staff, faculty and the public.

Participants are asked to bring three pieces to read, which can include mature themes and content.

Poets will begin reading their work at 6:30 p.m. and will continue until the final poem is read.

At the end of the readings, two $25 prizes will be awarded; one for best poetry reading and one for best poetry slam. Poets who plan to participate are asked to arrive by 6 p.m.

 The event is free and is sponsored by students in the HCC Art Club and the HCC English Club. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, email

TOPS 0462

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter 0462 had another good week of weight losses. C. was the thinner winner with a 3.5-pound loss, followed by Dale and Sally with 2-pound losses. The group had a roundtable discussion on ways to lose weight and keep it off.

Two new members joined the chapter.

The chapter would like to thank the community for helping with its fundraiser.

The chapter meets Thursdays at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 51 N. Main St. in Smithsburg. Weigh-in starts at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting begins  at 6 p.m.

 For more information, call Ola at 301-824-7650 or John at 717-749-3023, or go to

Senior site

Smithsburg senior site calendar:

Today — Bingo, 10 a.m.

Friday —  Bingo, 10 a.m.

Monday, April 25 — Dominoes, 10 a.m.

Cascade Elementary

Marilyn Jager Adams, who wrote "Beginning to Read: Thinking and Learning about Print" wrote that "Reading aloud with children is known to be the single most important activity for building the knowledge and skills they require for learning to read."

What does research say about ways parents can help their children with reading?

  • Provide a good role model — read yourself and read often to your child.
  • Provide varied reading material — some for enjoyment and some with hobbies and interests.
  • Encourage activities that require reading — such as cooking, identifying, using a reference book.
  • Establish a reading time.
  • Write notes.
  • Ask your child to bring home a library book.
  • Establish one evening a week for reading.
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